May 11, 1940 ~ February 14, 2017
Meriden-Barbara L. Graf, 76, wife of the late Karl Graf, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. On this Valentine's Day, she was reunited again with the love of her life, Karl. She was born in Queens Village, NY on May 11, 1940 to the late Jack and Mary Margaret (MacNeil) Oberle. Barbara had worked for Bristol Myers, Aetna, and retired from The Hartford as an administrative assistant. She was a parishioner of St. Rose Church, a member of the Connecticut Council of Catholic Women, and the Gold Star Wives. Other than spending time with her family, Barbara's love was to travel. Germany had a special place in her heart as her husband Karl was born in Nuremberg. She will always be an inspiration of strength to her children, grandchildren, family and friends. She is survived by four children; Diane Graf of Colorado, Laura Graf and her husband, Kerry Lee, of Scotland, CT, Eric Graf of Meriden, CT, and three cherished grandchildren Abbigale, Adelle and Jacob, children of Carla(Graf) Sylvester and Keith Sylvester of East Hampton, CT. She also leaves a devoted sister, Ann McLaughlin of New York, and a brother, Jack and his wife Claire Oberle of Indiana, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Margaret Hedberg. Barbara's funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 10:30am at Hubbard Chapel at Walnut Grove Cemetery, 817 Old Colony Rd., Meriden, CT. Burial will follow in Walnut Grove Cemetery. The Beecher & Bennett-Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations made be made in memory of Barbara Graf to WNPR, 1049 Asylum Ave., Hartford, CT 06105, Attn: Audience Care, as she enjoyed listening to her favorite broadcasts every day.